Chennai, Dec 3 () Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan, passed on his astrologer Dr Venkatesan Karthikeyan’s astrological tips on match strategy to captain MS Dhoni during IPL 2013. Emails ET has seen show these advisories were on toss and batting order for three matches, including the final in Kolkata , in which Chennai Super Kings lost to Mumbai Indians by 23 runs. The emails also gave advice to the team management on which deities should be offered Pooja on match days.
ET has learnt that the ICC anti-corruption unit and Mumbai Police, investigating into match fixing charges in IPL, are aware of the email trail of the astrologer. Pandey, who knows Dhoni for almost 15 years and has business interests with Chennai Super king’s captain, including in Rhiti Sports, said Dhoni will do anything to help the team but when it comes to the game he is the captain, he takes the decisions. For the IPL final, Srinivasan, under the email address [email protected], is instructed that the choice of batting first is preferred if the toss is won by Chennai Super Kings. The email then asks the batting order should not be changed as far as possible. Pandey said that even Dhoni’s father can influence him when he was on the field, He wouldn’t do any of these things like changing batting first or not or changing the order. King’s XI Punjab in Mohali on April , astrologer asked that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan should stay away from seeing the match in any format. Chennai won by ten wickets. Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk. Gurunath is again told to keep off. Chennai Super Kings won by four wickets . It speaks of a magic stick to be brought in for online control.
For the final against Kolkata Knight Riders, Dr Karthikeyan said since it is Sunday and Jyeshta Nakshatra was not friendly to Chennai Super king’s captain for Dhoni, some special prayers to some important deities of various temples has to be done. The astrologer then went on to advise that the Chennai Super Kings management carries with them laminated pictures of Ganesha and Goddess Baglamugi and to wear blue T-shirts and to give that the rival team must be given red towels.